Facts about Pochettino

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Having a prolific resume, Mauricio Pochettino is one of the most well-known football managers in the world.

One of the famous football players who has also served well as a manager is Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine is currently inactive but he is absolutely observing the circumstances of big European clubs to determine his future way. Pochettino has experienced different moments in his personal life, and also his career, both as a player and manager. In this article we will share you some interesting facts about Pochettino. If you are keen to receive different kinds of information about this former Tottenham Hotspur head coach, come with us.

Top facts about Pochettino you probably didn’t know

Here is the beginning part of the facts about Pochettino. Read the article to know more about the Argentine football coach.

Pochettino childhood

Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero, commonly known as Mauricio Pochettino was born on 2 March 1972 in Murphy, Santa Fe. His father is Héctor Pochettino, a farm labourer and his mother’s name is Amalia. His family is of Italian descent from Piedmont, a region in northwest Italy.

Pochettino childhood

, especially the period between eight and ten, spent playing both football and volleyball, and also learning judo. Mauricio supported Racing Club de Avellaneda as a child. For the first time in his life, Mauricio watched a 1978 FIFA World Cup match on the television with his father Héctor. They watched the game at the local sports club in Murphy, Centro Recreativo Unión y Cultura.

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Pochettino playing career

Let’s go and take a look at Mauricio Pochettino career.

Start at hometown

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and his career across the world. He started playing football with Union y Cultura as a centre-back. Mauricio trained two days a week with Rosario Central when he was 13. One year later, Pochettino who had been scouted by the Newell’s Old Boys staff and their reserve team coach Marcelo Bielsa, moved to this club.

This was an important transfer for the young Mauricio, since Rosario Central and Newell’s Old Boys were rivals in Rosario, Santa Fe. He was offered a professional contract at 16, and made his debut in the Argentina football league, named Primera Division, in the 1988-89 season at the age of 17.

Pochettino stayed at the club until 1994. During his five-year spell, he won the 1990–91 national championship as well as the 1992 Clausura. Additionally, their side reached the final of the Copa Libertadores and lost the game in penalty shoot-out to the Brazilian side, Sao Paulo.

Great move to Catalonia

In 1994 and although Pochettino had the option of joining a number of clubs including Boca Juniors, he chose the Catalan club


. Despite of being the least financially attractive offer, Mauricio accepted due to his interest in moving to the city of Barcelona. Aged 22, Pochettino moved to the recently La Liga promoted Espanyol for the 1994–95 season.

There he soon proved himself as a first-team starter and an uncompromising central defender. In February 1997, in the local derby against their rival


, Pochettino man-marked Ronaldo out the game, and helped the team win 2–0. It was their first win in the derby against Barcelona in ten years.

Although he had the opportunity to move in number of occasions, He stayed six-and-a-half years at the club. For example, he rejected an offer from


in the 1999–2000 season through loyalty to the club. In that season, he helped Espanyol beat

Atlético Madrid

in the 2000 final of the Copa del Rey, winning their first major trophy in 60 years.

In the 1999–2000 season, he signed a conditional pre-agreement to stay at the club for 6 more years. However, financial problems did not let the club continue with him. So that they informed Pochettino that he should accept an offer from Paris Saint-Germain.

French football experience

In late January 2001, Pochettino signed for

Paris Saint-Germain

and made his official league debut on 3 February away to Nantes, which PSG lost 1–0. Three days later, he netted his first goal in a 1–3 home defeat at the Parc des Princes against Guingamp. Through his contributions, Paris Saint-Germain won the 2001 edition of the UEFA Intertoto Cup later in the 2001–02 season. Mauricio at Paris Saint-Germain also reached the final stage of the Coupe de France in the 2002-03 season, where his side lost 1–2 to Auxerre.

In July 2003, Pochettino moved to another Ligue 1 club


. His first game and goal respectively came on 2 August and 23 August. Unlike previous clubs, Bordeaux did not bring any title for

Pochettino career


Return to Espanyol

During the 2004 summer transfer window, he returned to Espanyol however, initially on loan, before he later made the transfer permanent. The return occurred midway through his first year, where Pochettino continued to play for two-and-a-half more seasons. He won the Copa del Rey once again with his beloved club in the 2005–06 season, while he was an unused substitute at the final, where Espanyol beat Zaragoza 4–1.

Ernesto Valverde took over as Espanyol manager in the summer of 2006, but he did not want Pochettino in the squad for the coming season. Pochettino announced his retirement as a player at the age of 34. He studied for a master degree in sports management before training to be a coach in Madrid a year later.]

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Pochettino International career

In 1992, Pochettino played four matches for the Argentina under-23 team at the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament in Paraguay, which saw them fail to qualify for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Pochettino won 20 caps for the Argentina senior team and scored two goals over a period of four years. He made his first senior international appearance on 31 March 1999 in a friendly against the Netherlands at Amsterdam Arena, ending in a 1–1 draw. Pochettino scored his first goal on 17 November 1999 in another friendly, a 2–0 win over Spain.

He was a member of Argentina team at the 1999 Copa América and the 2002 FIFA World Cup under Bielsa. In the latter tournament, Mauricio participated in three complete matches as his nation were not successful in progressing from the group stage.

One of the memorable facts about Pochettino is belonged to his most newsworthy highlight to the 2002 World Cup competition, as he fouled on Michael Owen in the penalty area during the second group stage match against England, and the Italian referee Pierluigi Collina awarded Argentina's opponents a penalty. The resulting kick was converted by David Beckham for the match's only goal.

Pochettino managing career

Now we are going to review Pochettino career as a football manager.

Start from his European home


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are not limited to just being a good player. Pochettino managerial career started at his beloved Catalan club, but in the women side. After a short spell, he became the men’s team third manager of the 2008-09 season. While Espanylo were settled among the last three of the table, the inexperienced Pochettino succeeded to comfortably save them in La Liga. Their most remarkable result was a 2–1 victory in the league derby against Barcelona, their first in the competition at the Camp Nou for 27 years.

Pochettino stayed for three more complete seasons at Espanyol and could keep his team in a comfortable place in the La Liga table. However, the 2012-13 season did not go well for him, and in spite of a previous contract renewal, his contract was terminated by mutual consent at the end of that November, due to Espanyol’s settlement in the last place of the table, winning just nine points after thirteen fixtures.

Move to the Premier League

On 18 January 2013, Pochettino was announced as the new manager of Premier League club Southampton, replacing Nigel Adkins and becoming the second Argentine manager in English football after Osvaldo Ardiles.

He led the Saints to notable victories against top league sides, including a 3–1 win at home over reigning champions Manchester City, 3–1 home win over Liverpool and a 2–1 success against Chelsea also at St Mary's.

In his first full season at Southampton, Pochettino led the team to an eighth-placed finish, their highest league position since 2002–03, while also recording their highest points in the entire Premier League era.

In May 2014, Pochettino was appointed head coach of

Tottenham Hotspur

. He led the team to the final of the League Cup, where they lost to Chelsea. In the 2015-16 season of the Premier League, Tottenham were in contention to win the league, however, they lost it to Leicester City. They finished the season at the third place, their best league record since 1990.

In the next season, Pochettino's side went even further and finished in second place with 86 points, their highest-ever tally since the English League began under the new denomination and their highest ranking in 54 years since 1962–63 under Bill Nicholson.

Ahead of all the mentioned achievements, Pochettino’s most memorable moment with Spurs came On 8 May 2019, where Tottenham reached to their first ever Champions League/European Cup final after beating Ajax on away goals (3–3 aggregate), coming back from a 2–0 deficit (3–0 aggregate) at half-time in Amsterdam. Finally, they lost the ultimate match to Liverpool and finished the tournament as runner-up.

On 19 November 2019, Pochettino was dismissed by Tottenham Hotspur, as his side placed 14th in the Premier League table.

Pochettino wife and children

Pochettino wife

is Karina Pochettino, formerly known as Karina Grippaldi. They married in 1994, and are parents of two children.

Pochettino children

are named Sebastiano and Maurizio. Sebastiano was Tottenham's first team sports scientist. Maurizio was granted a contract with Tottenham's development squad, scoring his first goal for the under-18 side against Norwich City in October 2018. In early December, he made his debut for the under-23s against VfL Wolfsburg.

Pochettino net worth and salary

According to some sources,

Pochettino net worth

is reported around 12 million pounds, after a 0.3 percent fall. As the next interesting item on our list of facts about Pochettino, you should know that although he was sacked by Spurs on 19 November 2019, 

Pochettino salary

is continuing to be paid by the club until he finds a new job. His salary is £8.5 million per year.

Pochettino quotes

Like many otherwise and great people, Mauricio Pochettino has influenced our lives, with his brilliant quotes. Here we have collected a number of

Pochettino quotes

for you.

  • On his wife criticizing him

“Many things. Many, many times. It’s more than 25 years now she’s been next to me, and in the last few years the one thing that she criticises most is my press conferences. Because she is very focused, ‘why you say that’, ‘you need to say to, not for’, ‘that is why, not because. She is fixing me after every press conference and criticises me a lot. But it is part of it to improve, no?”

  • On believing in universal energy

“I believe in energía universal, It is connected. Nothing happens for causality (By accident). It is always a consequence. Maybe, it is one of the reasons that Harry [Kane] always scores in derbies. I believe in that energy. For me, it exists”.

  • On social media activeness

“I am a very lucky person because I am not focused on social media and all that happens around.”

  • On his priority between football and family

“For me, family and football are the most important things. They are in the same level.”

  • On the most important things in football

“Belief is the most important thing in football. Not quality, running, or being strong but belief, faith, and fight.”

  • On his way of respecting opponents

“To show respect for the opponent is to go and kill with every single action. That is the way you show it. You need to be aggressive. That is how I understand football.”

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facts about Pochettino

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